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  • The original Rudolph did not have a red nose. In that day and age, red noses were seen as an indicator of chronic alcoholism and Montgomery Ward didn’t want him to look like a drunkard. To complete the original picture, he was almost named Reginald or Rollo.
  • The Christmas wreath was originally hung as a symbol of Jesus. The holly represents his crown of thorns and the red berries the blood he shed.
  • The three traditional colors of most Christmas decorations are red, green and gold. Red symbolizes the blood of Christ, green symbolized life and rebirth, and gold represents light, royalty and wealth.
  • Tinsel was invented in 1610 in Germany and was once made of real silver.
  • The oldest artificial Christmas trees date back to the late 1800s and were made of green raffia (think grass hula skirts) or dyed goose feathers. Next the Addis Brush Company used their machinery that wove toilet brushes to create pine-like branches for artificial Christmas trees that were less flammable and could hold heavier decorations.
  • ‘Jingle Bells’ – the popular Christmas song was composed by James Pierpont in Massachusetts, America. It was, however, written for thanksgiving and not Christmas.
  • Coca-Cola was the first company that used Santa Claus during the winter season for promotion.
  • Hallmark introduced their first Christmas cards in 1915.
  • The first recorded date of Christmas being celebrated on December 25th was in 336, during the time of the Roman Emperor Constantine. A few years later, Pope Julius I officially declared that the birth of Jesus would be celebrated on that day.
  • Santa Claus's sleigh is led by eight reindeer: Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Dunder (variously spelled Donder and Donner), and Blixem (variously spelled Blixen and Blitzen), with Rudolph being a 20th-century inclusion.
  • Outdoor Christmas lights on homes evolved from decorating the traditional Christmas tree and house with candles during the Christmas season. Lighting the tree with small candles dates back to the 17th century and originated in Germany before spreading to Eastern Europe.
  • That big, jolly man in the red suit with a white beard didn’t always look that way. Prior to 1931, Santa was depicted as everything from a tall gaunt man to a spooky-looking elf. He has donned a bishop's robe and a Norse huntsman's animal skin. When Civil War cartoonist Thomas Nast drew Santa Claus for Harper's Weekly in 1862, Santa was a small elflike figure who supported the Union. Nast continued to draw Santa for 30 years, changing the color of his coat from tan to the red he’s known for today.
  • Christmas 2018 countdown has already begun. Will you be ready???
  • Why do we love Christmas? It's all about the traditions. In this chaotic world we can miss the "good old days." Christmas reminds us of that time.

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About BAY

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Beautiful Mall displays with animated figures as a child I was so mesmerized by them . I feel like it was almost a different place in time .
  • Location
    ARIZONA
  • Biography
    Arizona native family and pet loving.
  • Interests
    Decorating for the holidays of course and working out ,hiking crafting and my pets etc..
  • Occupation
    Glass Company owner
  • About my display
    Window display's and Parades .

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  1. Yes, working on extending a trailer for the float this year and trying to figure it all out in my head and how many more lights, I will need this year lol.
  2. Coming from an area not having the advantages to animation makes it much more challenging to get any pieces. Unlike some, I only look for specific pieces for my yearly Christmas display plus for my parade float for my local town. I collect for a reason and that reason is to have these aged figures enlighten Christmas memories from people’s childhood that remember seeing these kind of displays when they were kids. Also, my purpose is to give children a display that they will remember because it’s definitely not something you see on a regular basis. However, since animation is so surrounded with people who enjoy keeping their figures in storage sheds it makes it difficult to want to continue collecting. It is something I’m truly passionate about because I grew up seeing these displays, but sadly collectors don’t truly understand the meaning behind them and would rather see how many they can collect each year as if it’s a hoarding game. I can really see that I got lucky with what I have (10 pieces only) and that is what I’m going to have to be content with because the future of these figures are already in hoarding hands.
  3. I would love to see pictures when you do restore. I bought one last year on Ebay and I didn't know what to do with the eyes ,are you planning on keeping them original ?
  4. Darrid, are you planning on completely restoring the pixie and if so do you have a body for it? Also, are the blue eyes original? Thanks
  5. Happy to here your getting better and happy to see you back .:)
  6. I love the large candy canes and pictures Thanks for sharing . I hope Darrid gets well soon sorry to here of his illness .:(
  7. Good to see you back. Darrid , the Victorian Bear Carolers are really cute . I think I have the little boy Caroler what is he holding in his paw ? Do you have all the info on them like how they move . If you do I would like to know how his motions was Thanks. I wish I did! I can see if I can get it. Thank you If you can I appreciate it Thank you . Both of his arms move up and down. If you'd like a picture of the bells he's holding I have several downstairs that I could photograph for you Hey guys, I'm sorry for not responding. I've been busy with personal issues and I finally got my bear out and only his right arm moves up and down. Not sure if he is part of this or not. Thank you JDarling for the pictures.
  8. Good to see you back. Darrid , the Victorian Bear Carolers are really cute . I think I have the little boy Caroler what is he holding in his paw ? Do you have all the info on them like how they move . If you do I would like to know how his motions was Thanks. I wish I did! I can see if I can get it. Thank you If you can I appreciate it Thank you .
  9. Good to see you back. Darrid , the Victorian Bear Carolers are really cute . I think I have the little boy Caroler what is he holding in his paw ? Do you have all the info on them like how they move . If you do I would like to know how his motions was Thanks.
  10. Darrid the Gnome chopping the candy cane is really cool , are you going to be repairing these guy's ?
  11. Darrid that is my favorite snowman love the one cleaning the window it is hard to find and it is in good shape . I have the one that is shoveling snow love them all.
  12. Awesome find ! Darrid is there flocking in good shape? I couldn't tell from your pic . Love the original flocked snowman .
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